Thornton, direct and disarming, bopping to music on the bench and kibitzing with young St.Louis fans during a timeout in the conference finals, is the breath of fresh air coming in that window.There are no changes to the pairings in other defense line - Michal Sresen stays paired with Tomáš Kundrátek. In the last game of the season, the first line will give a chance to Jeff Taffe, Jonathan Cheechoo and Michal Hlinka.Teh second line will include Kyle Chipchura, Žiga Jeglič and Igor Musatov.Švarný, who played in 55 games in Slovan's jersey in the KHL 2016/2017 season scored 3 goals and 8 assists, has now the opportunity to play longer in the current season, play in a high-quality play-offs and prepare for his national team duties.Švarný will be replaced in the second defense line by Tomáš Starosta who will be paired up with Nick Plastino.Patrik Bačík will be paired up with Mislav Rosandič.“How a guy fits on a team, on a line, in a dressing room? In 2014 the Sharks coughed up a 3–0 first-round series lead against Los Angeles, leaving Thornton teary-eyed near the bench—Mourning Joe—and then missed the playoffs last spring after 10 straight appearances.Once the hockey world sighed, shrugged and moved on from its annual this-is-finally-San-Jose’s-year conjecturing, some sharp retooling—which included a new coach in Peter De Boer, a new goalie in Martin Jones, a formidable winger in Joel Ward and the steady hand of veteran free agent defenseman Paul Martin—pried it back open.
Dans l’Extrême-Orient, l’Amour de Khabarovsk a rendu l’âme.Slovans will play in an almost identical line up like yesterday.The only two players who will be missing in this game will be the penalized Barry Brust and newly-traded defenseman Ivan Švarný.The third line will be formed of Pavol Skalický, Patrik Lušňák and Andrej Šťastný. In the Sharks' 25 years in the NHL, Sharks players have scored 53 hat tricks in the regular season, including Joel Ward's on Saturday.